April 21, 2017

Anna + Matt: Romantic Elegance at The Pierre

Anna and Matt were married last September in a beautiful ceremony and reception at The Pierre in Manhattan.

 

Anna & Matthew Wedding - Bride and Groom - Pierre Hotel NYC - by Brett Matthews

Anna & Matthew Wedding – Bride and Groom – Pierre Hotel NYC – by Brett Matthews

 

For most, a Phish show is not the first place that comes to mind for meeting your future husband. But a Phish show in Saratoga Springs, NY was exactly where Anna met Matt. She recalls, “We stood next to each other on the lawn during the first evening of a three night show. There were around 30,000 fans there!”

Anna and Matt hit it off immediately that first night, kept in touch, and began dating. They soon learned that in addition to Phish, they both share a love of travel. When asked which of their trips together was her favorite, Anna replied, “Our trip to Thailand, because that was where we got engaged!” She remembers, “We were staying at the Four Seasons in Chiang Mai. I had a sense that Matt was going to ask. One evening, he planned a private dinner for just the two of us in a gazebo overlooking a gorgeous lake that’s on the property. There was a musician and bonfire as well. Matt really went the whole nine yards with everything and was so nervous leading up to it. But then he finally proposed. It was perfect!”
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November 9, 2016

Samara + Keshar: Magical Simplicity at Tribeca 360

Growing up in Edgemont, NY, Samara was always close with her best friend’s older sister Amy. Hanging out after school or on weekends, she always admired Amy’s boyfriend’s best friend Keshar from a distance, but at the time seven years was much too wide an age gap for her to think of acting on her crush.  Little did she know their paths would cross again years later, when Amy and her boyfriend got married.  This time, the seven year age difference didn’t make things seem so out of the question.

A few months later, after completing a medical rotation in London and Florida, Keshar called Samara and asked her out on their first date. The following Saturday, he picked her up at 10 AM for a delicious brunch at Norma’s followed by an entire day in Central Park.  It was the longest first date either of them had ever been on, and they’ve been together ever since…
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September 26, 2016

Interview with Ron Ben-Israel of RBI Cakes

Ron Ben-Israel / Photo by Kris Mae Weiss

Ron Ben-Israel / Photo by Kris Mae Weiss

 

World-renowned cake maker and a master in the art of decorative sugar, Ron Ben-Israel was aptly dubbed “the Manolo Blahnik of wedding cakes” by the New York Times in 2014.

After serving in the Israeli military and touring the world as a professional modern dancer, Ron began baking; a pursuit inspired by his Viennese mother, who passed on a fascination with the discipline and chemistry of cake construction.  He was discovered by Martha Stewart in 1995, when she was drawn to one of his cakes in a bakery store window. Stewart was starting a wedding magazine at the time and called Ron in to meet her, encouraging him to start his own business.
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August 15, 2016

Rachel + Matt: Spectacular Splendor at Cipriani 42

Every Sunday, Rachel and her friends would gather to watch The Amazing Race and draft fantasy teams. One night, Rachel’s friend Becky suggested she go out with a friend of hers from middle school, Matt.  After checking out some pictures on Facebook, Rachel gave the thumbs up!

 

Matt and Rachel began texting nonstop.  Matt was traveling for work at the time and was impressed that Rachel knew Bloomington, IL.  They texted and talked on the phone throughout the week before their first date Friday night at Bistro 61.

 

Dancefloor / Rachel & Matt / Cipriani / Brett Matthews Photography

Dancefloor / Rachel & Matt / Cipriani 42 / Brett Matthews Photography

 

On Memorial Day weekend, Matt was off from work on Friday. He told Rachel he would go shopping and prepare a nice dinner for the two of them that evening, but when Rachel walked in the door to their shared apartment, there were candles and roses everywhere, and a pathway leading to Matt.  Matt proposed, she said yes, and they gathered for a surprise dinner with both of their families at Daniel.  Rachel thought they had plans to go look at rings that holiday weekend, so she was shocked!
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April 6, 2016

Rustic Floral Arches

Nothing says romance like a naturalistic arch custom-built for your wedding vows. From simple structures of branches and greenery to colorful compositions dripping with roses, there is no end to the creative combinations you and your floral designer can come up with.

These work well both indoors and outdoors, so don’t worry too much about whether or not they’re “in season.” A good florist can make the magic happen regardless of when or where your wedding will take place. Here are some of our favorite rustic arches and structures from the Bride & Blossom archives!

 

 

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April 4, 2016

Bouquet Recipe: Orchids & Roses

Jasmine Hsu Photo_Gotham Hall Bouquet Recipe

 

Today’s bouquet recipe combines two types of white orchids with white and cream roses to create a multi-dimensional, textured bouquet in the palest wedding colors. The perfect blend of tradition with a touch of personality that is utterly New York City, this arrangement is as unique as the bride who carried it.

Photography: Jasmine Hsu
Venue: Gotham Hall

For More On This Wedding: White Wedding Flowers at Gotham Hall 

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